Lately it seems the topic of what to wear on the airplane has come up a lot in conversation. Especially with my beloved (and obviously flawless) mother. John Tinseth says “not as good as it was. Better than it will be” The first part of his statement, I would reckon is correct regarding how men dress. But everyday I hope that he is wrong about the latter. For the way men dress for travel in particular here in the States is downright embarrassing. Case in point: may parents were flying out to California a few weeks ago and my father encountered a rather unfortunate soul. Said unfortunate soul was wearing jean shorts and a sleeveless t-shirt (akin to the photo below). The man was brought to my parents attention not only by his sartorial blunders but also his poor conduct. For when he was putting his goods in the overhead compartment his jacket kept hitting my father in the head. Luckily my father was able to keep his cool.
Anyway, given this, I felt it prudent to broach the subject of what to wear on the airplane here on FYGblog. I have thought up a few basic pointers, but the list is by no means comprehensive. Enjoy liberally.
1. Be respectful of fellow passengers, in both your conduct and dress. The first thing I do when I sit next to someone is introduce myself. Regardless of who or what they are.
2. Do not wear sweatpants, they are the mark of the lazy and unsophisticated. For girls Juicy pants and the like are in this category as well.
3. Girls can wear Lululemons, as long as they are not coming from the gym. The reason being is that Lululemons are Gods gift to mankind, you all know what I mean.
4. Do not wear sleeveless shirts. No one wants to see or smell your armpits.
5. You cannot overdress for air travel. A collared shirt is good but there is nothing wrong with wearing a suit or blazer.
6. Men should not wear open toed shoes or sandals.
7. It is oft wise to dress in layers, as the temperature on planes seems to fluctuate 10-15 degrees during travel.
8. Men should avoid jean shorts like the plague. Not just for air travel but for life in general.
9. Dress for where you are going, not where you are coming from. At least that’s what I always like to do. You never know when a bag will get lost so it’s good to have at least one set of wearable clothes for the new destination.
10. As a general rule of thumb, dress as if you were going to meet your future in-laws for the first time.
Feel free sound off with your thoughts, advice and anecdotes on what to wear on the airplane below!